Bringing a Gipsy Home

by Andy Scholes in London, England, United Kingdom

Bringing a Gipsy Home
We did it
On 2nd March 2020 we successfully raised £1,220 with 64 supporters in 28 days

To bring the Gipsy Hill heritage railway sign back to its rightful home.

by Andy Scholes in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Lamp post banners to promote and brighten up the area.  Signage in the garden to explain what we are growing and to explain the history of the site.

We are the Friends of Gipsy Hill and we are aiming to improve and promote the Gipsy Hill area for the local community.  Last year we raised funds and saved the Gipsy Hill Tavern pub sign.  We have just been contacted by the owner of the "British Railways Gipsy Hill Station" sign who asked if we would like to return it to its rightful home.  How could we refuse that offer?  How we could refuse to bring an original piece of Gipsy Hill heritage back to its home for us all to enjoy?

The sign was auctioned off many years ago and it has been framed and looked after so we have been asked if we can afford to cover the costs. We also need to collect the sign and bring it back to Gipsy Hill and then display it securely in the garden.  The sign is 3m long by 0.66m wide.  This is an original 1950's sign, from when the railway was nationalised, and it was retired in 1982 when Network South East business unit was formed. It was bought in South Yorkshire in 2009 and currently lives in Devon.  It is in remarkable condition even though it is just over 70 years old.

This is a fantastic opportunity that we never thought we would have so we are asking you to support the campaign to return the Gipsy Hill sign to its rightful home.    Would you like to help us bring this sign home? 

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